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Old 03-03-2018, 09:01 AM
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Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Seat Installation

I salvaged two seats from a 1997 Dodge Dakota extended cab truck. I was skeptical at first as to whether or not they were a direct bolt-in.

They are.

However, the Dodge seat tracks do not fit the Jeep seat-to-floor support braces. The Dodge tracks are too short and do not line up with the Jeep support braces.

Too start, remove the four Torx head bolts from the Dodge seats (two from each seat track). Remove the seat tracks and latch rod release mechanism. Dispose. Keep the Torx head bolts! I kept the quick-release seat belt buckle latch from the Dodge seat. Grind and remove the single rivet attaching it to the seat track.



Remove the Jeep seat tracks and latch rod release mechanism from the seats. Mine had two round spacers on the front of each seat track. Keep them.



Install the Jeep seat tracks, the two round spacers, the Jeep latch rod release mechanism, the Dodge seat belt quick-release buckle, with the Torx head bolts onto the Dodge seats.

Install the seat-to-floor support braces onto the Dodge seats.



Install the entire Dodge seat assembly to the floor pan.
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Old 03-03-2018, 09:06 AM
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Nice work! Do the seats tilt forward enough to allow access to the rear in a two door vehicle?
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Old 03-03-2018, 09:21 AM
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Nice work! Do the seats tilt forward enough to allow access to the rear in a two door vehicle?

Yes. Here are some more pics of the passenger seat I installed.

1. Seat slid all the way back
2. Seat slid all the way forward
3. Seat full tilt forward (It can recline all the way back)
4. Both latches operate the tilt mechanism!







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Old 03-03-2018, 09:30 AM
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Looks good. I'm always interested in options to replace my '84 low backs.

Pretty good condition for a ten year old seat. How's the other one?

Looks like it sits a little higher than the stock seat???

How about a side by side picher of the two before you put the other one in if it isn't too late?
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Old 03-03-2018, 09:44 AM
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Looks good. I'm always interested in options to replace my '84 low backs.

Pretty good condition for a ten year old seat. How's the other one?

Looks like it sits a little higher than the stock seat???

How about a side by side picher of the two before you put the other one in if it isn't too late?



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Old 03-03-2018, 09:46 AM
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Note the Dodge quick-release seat belt buckle latch. I will be removing the Jeeps floor mounted quick-release seat belt buckle latches.

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Old 03-03-2018, 07:20 PM
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Rivet removal from the Dodge seat track.




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Old 03-03-2018, 07:23 PM
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Jeep tracks and Dodge quick-release seat belt buckle latch installed.

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Old 03-03-2018, 07:24 PM
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Jeep seat-to-floor support braces installed.

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Old 03-03-2018, 07:26 PM
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Bamm!! Lumbar works too.
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Old 03-03-2018, 07:27 PM
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Full tilt forward.
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Old 03-03-2018, 07:28 PM
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Full recline.

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Old 03-03-2018, 07:30 PM
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Not perfect but a huge improvement for comfort. Total price was $19.99 each.
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Old 03-04-2018, 07:43 AM
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Thank you for you excellent write up with great pictures of the final install and seat articulation. I been thinking about this seat option myself in my Cherokee.
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Old 06-17-2018, 08:28 AM
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Removed the broken drivers seat belt latch. Installed one from a 2001 dodge. And it was 2 inches longer!

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Old 06-21-2018, 12:51 PM
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nice seats! That's exactly how I did mine in my 76, straight bolt in procedure, same seats, even the same color! Great improvement and upgrade, nice work!


I've since done grey carpet but here you go...




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Old 06-21-2018, 09:40 PM
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Hey, it even looks like you installed the center armrest/cup holder!

I have rust issues from damp carpet. So for now, just floor mats.

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nice seats! That's exactly how I did mine in my 76, straight bolt in procedure, same seats, even the same color! Great improvement and upgrade, nice work!


I've since done grey carpet but here you go...




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Old 06-22-2018, 06:22 AM
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Yes I did initially use the center tumble seat/cupholder. It was pretty beat so I've since removed it and installed a tahoe center console, it's way better if you don't need the third seat. Mine is a true two seater, I rarely have a second passenger. Rear seat is removed and I may acutally put some rolling storage in the rear, similar to a truck beck to utilize the height of the rear cargo area
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